CLANFIELD councillor Ken Moon has been unanimously elected the new Tory leader of East Hampshire District Council.
Cllr Moon, who also represents Finchdean, took over as acting leader after Cllr Patrick Burridge stood down from the role due to ill health in February.
Councillors voted to elevate Cllr Moon to the full-time role.
Cllr Glynis Watts, who represents Holybourne and Froyle, near Alton, was elected as deputy leader of the council.
Cllr Moon said: ‘I consider it to be a great honour and a privilege to take the position of leader at East Hampshire District Council and I assure you I will give it 100 per cent.
‘This is a difficult job that makes huge demands on an individual’s time and energy but I am ready for the challenge.
‘With the help of my cabinet members and colleagues I know we can deliver financial sustainability to the council, excellent public services to residents and a platform for economic growth for the business community.’